This course is designed to enable those employed in relevant areas of the construction industry to gain a formal academic qualification (HNC Construction) and develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours associated with the Construction Design and Build Apprenticeship Standard.
The HNC Construction gives a broad introduction to construction based subjects and is seen as a sound footing for progressing to higher level study and for career progression within the industry.
The fact that the course follows an apprenticeship standard means that the apprentice can be assured that they will be equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours expected of the subject area and that these will be gained as part of the academic course and within the workplace.
Why Construction at LSBU?
No. 1 London university: for 'satisfied with teaching' and 'satisfied with assessment' in Building, town and country planning (Guardian League Table 2018).
No.1 London modern university for research intensity in Building (Complete University Guide 2019).
Key qualification in construction management, surveying and architectural technology disciplines for those already working in construction.
Emphasis on a vocational approach to teaching; and a focus on a range of technical and managerial knowledge and skills.
5 GCSE’s including Maths and English (C or above) or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above)
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Missing English and Maths qualifications?
If you do not have the required English and Maths qualifications needed to satisfy the entry requirements for this programme, we have courses available at our partner College that you can take to upskill in these areas. Find out more at South Bank College.
The cost of the apprenticeship is paid fully by the employer (sometimes part funded by the government) through apprenticeship levy. The apprenticeship levy is a pot of money some companies pay into, which all businesses have access to spend on the training costs of apprenticeships. Companies fall into two categories: levy-payers (who pay into the pot) and non-levy payers (who do not). You can find out more in our Levy and Funding section, specifically for employers
The apprentice does not contribute toward the cost of study.
Apprenticeship standards are all assigned a funding band by the Government – these funding bands are the maximum amount the Government will fund via the levy towards a given apprenticeship standard. There are currently 30 funding bands ranging from £1,000 to £27,000.
Employers with less than 50 staff sending an apprentice aged 16-18 will have 100% of the training costs paid by the government. All employers who employ an apprentice aged 16-18 on the first day of teaching will receive a £1,000 incentive from the government. You can find out more in our Levy and Funding section, specifically for employers.
Some modules include field with and site visits, which may be residential or outside the United Kingdom, ranging from three to five days. These are organised by the Division and students are required to contribute towards the cost. If there are any field trips or any course visits as part of your course, we will let you know in good time.
The course is not currently open to international students.
An Apprenticeship Standard is comprised of a programme of study, an End Point Assessment and on-the-job learning. This means that in addition to meeting academic requirements, you’ll need to be employed in a role related to your apprenticeship. The process of applying depends on whether you have an employer to sponsor (and support) you.
If you are employed and your employer has confirmed they will support your apprenticeship:
You are welcome to submit an application via our application system. You’ll need to provide details of your employment/employer as part of the application. You’ll also need to ensure you and your employer meet the requirements – find out who can be an apprentice to see if you meet the entry requirements and employer commitments to find out more about your employer’s role.
If you are not employed:
You will need to find a job role related to the apprenticeship you wish to apply for, with an employer who is happy to support you. If you would like to find an employer to support your apprenticeship with LSBU, you can search which employers are currently advertising Apprenticeships via the National Apprenticeship Service website searching for ‘London South Bank University’ as keywords.
If there are no search results, this means there are currently no vacancies. We update our vacancies regularly, so please do check back regularly.
Many employers advertise their apprenticeship vacancies on their websites or via other portals. You could search for ‘find an apprenticeship’ online.
There are steps the apprentices, the employer and the University need to complete before you start your course. Take a look at the steps to be completed in the Enrolment section. Employers may also like to look at our steps to offering an apprenticeship.
Apprentices take six modules in total and three modules of study per year.
Most modules are taught across two semesters allowing development to be taken at a progressive pace. All modules are at Level 4 and carry a 20 credit weighting.
Construction practice A This module aims to provide you with the knowledge of the interrelationships between industry, professional bodies and education, and an understanding of key professional and research requirements. It will provide you with a roadmap for your professional career, and will enable you to prepare for employment in the construction discipline.
Construction technology and materials This module will introduce you to the study of building construction and building materials looking at the interactions between component parts.
Legal and economic context in the built environment The legal content of this module will introduce the sources and basic rules of UK law, including common law and statute law, as it affects construction and property professionals. It will provide an introduction to construction contract law, and tort and restitution law as they affect professionals. It will explain the differences between common law and equity and criminal law, and their relevance to construction and property professionals. It will establish the legal and ethical framework of Health and Safety regulation. The economics content of the module will introduce you to micro and macro economics, and will examine the theoretical and empirical framework of economics, including price formation, the theory of the firm, degrees of competition, Government economic objectives, monetary policy, behavioural economics, contract theory, inflation and unemployment.
Building services and environmental science This module focuses on building services and the environmental performance, and develops an understanding of how buildings perform in the areas of acoustics, heat and moisture transfer, lighting, ventilation and air conditioning design. The underlying principles of each topic will be covered, together with more advanced applications, enabling you to demonstrate an understanding of building performance to other professionals within the industry.
Architectural design & technology This module focuses on three areas key aspects of work related to the architectural technologist: design principles, basic CAD, and technology.
Construction technology and structures This module will introduce you to the study of building technology associated with larger, more complex buildings, as well as to the fundamentals of structural analysis.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
Free employability workshop and events for student all year round, more details can be found on our event section.
Online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
LSBU Careers Hub offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and support, guidance on future careers, as well as loads of career resources, connecting you with employers, exciting events, 1-1 support and relevant workshops.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
On successful completion of the HNC and EPA students will be eligible to progress onto the BSc Design and Construction Management Apprenticeship.
This apprenticeship will include the knowledge, skills and behaviours typically required to achieve full member or chartered status with the industry’s recognised professional bodies. The final assessment process for this apprenticeship will typically be partly representative of the review process required for professional registration.
Staff teaching on the course have a vast array of experience coming from a variety of academic and industry related backgrounds with many having close links with the professional bodies associated with these subject areas.
Teaching and Assessment
The course will be a mixture of lecture, tutorials and practical based exercises and will be assessed by a wide variety of methods including, written coursework, presentations, projects and multiple choice examinations.
All students are allocated a personal tutor who they will normally meet with once per semester.
As an apprentice they will also be allocated a Skills Assessor who will be ensuring that regular progress reviews take place and that they are on track for completion of the apprenticeship.